Honeywell International Inc. et al v. OPTO Electronics Co., Ltd.

Filing 15

ORDER granting 12 Unopposed MOTION to Seal Document (Defendant's Unopposed Motion to File Its Answer, Affirmative Defenses, and Counterclaims Under Seal). Signed by Senior Judge Graham Mullen on 1/10/2022. (ef)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA CHARLOTTE DIVISION 3:21CV506 HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, INC., HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC., and METROLOGIC INSTRUMENTS, INC., ) ) ) ) Plaintiffs, ) ) vs. ) ) OPTO ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., ) ) Defendant. ) __________________________________________) ORDER This matter is before the Court upon Defendant’s Unopposed Motion to File its Answer, Affirmative Defenses, and Counterclaims Under Seal. (Doc. No. 12). When a party makes a request to seal judicial records, the Court must: (1) give the public notice and a reasonable opportunity to challenge the request to seal; (2) “consider less drastic alternatives to sealing;” and (3) if it decides to seal, make specific findings and state the reasons for its decision to seal rather than choosing other alternatives. Virginia Dep’t of State Police v. Washington Post, 386 F.3d 567, 576 (4th Cir. 2004). In accordance with the law of this Circuit as well as the Local Rules, the Court has considered the Motion to Seal, the public’s interest in access to such materials, and alternatives to sealing. The public has been provided with adequate notice and an opportunity to object to the Defendant’s motion. Defendant filed its motion on January 5, 2022 and it has been accessible to the public through the Court’s electronic case filing system since that time. The Court determines that no less restrictive means other than sealing is sufficient because a public filing of such materials would reveal confidential business information that would cause harm to the Parties should the information be disclosed. The Court 1 Case 3:21-cv-00506-GCM Document 15 Filed 01/10/22 Page 1 of 2 concludes that the sealing of these documents is narrowly tailored to serve the interest of protecting the confidential information. IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the Motion to Seal is hereby GRANTED, and the following documents and materials shall be filed under seal until further Order of this Court: Defendant’s Answer, Affirmative Defenses, and Counterclaims. Signed: January 10, 2022 2 Case 3:21-cv-00506-GCM Document 15 Filed 01/10/22 Page 2 of 2

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